Paris, the lively city, is always open to new and unique places. Whether you’re visiting for the holiday season, this spring, or planning to be there for the Olympic Games, why not experience Paris in Style? Explore the Silk Road-inspired charm at L‘Hôtel de Montesquieu, revel in the vintage allure of Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs, or bask in the serene 5-star ambiance of Le Domaine de la Reine Margot. These boutique hotels redefine the heart of Parisian hospitality, embodying the art of making guests feel at home in the City of Lights.
HÔTEL DES GRANDS VOYAGEURS: VINTAGE ELEGANCE ON THE RIVE GAUCHE
With interiors reminiscent of classic trains and grand luxury liners, Hôtel des Grands Voyageurs in Sainte-Placide (Paris) offers a gentle time-travel experience with a 1930s aesthetic. A sibling to the buzzworthy Dame des Arts, known for its rooftop and Mexican-inspired restaurant, this EQ Hotels member recently opened between Montparnasse and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Designed as the home of an art and travel enthusiast who sailed the seas and journeyed on vintage trains, the hotel features ship cables in hallways, wooden restaurant and breakfast room interiors resembling a sailboat cabin, and petite lamps that wouldn’t look out of place on the Orient Express. This satin-finished decoration is credited to Fabrizio Casiraghi, known for his work on La Ponche Hotel in Saint-Tropez and the Experimental Verbier in the Alps.
The absolute voyage reaches the celestial vault; the blue starry corridors extend into the 138 rooms and suites. Here, one finds mahogany headboards, fluted ceiling paneling, a plaster casting of François Gilles’ Icarus from the nearby Musée Bourdelle, and a brass-steel desk and matching chair. In the Junior Suites and Executives, a small turntable allows guests to listen to a selection of about a hundred eclectic vinyl records, from Tommy Boy to Eurythmics to The Jonah Jones Quartet. Diptyque toiletries in the bathrooms and a Grande Épicerie complete this charming tableau.
From the restaurant, a staircase descends to the discreet, dimly lit Poppy bar, shining with dark wood like a cigar box. In this intimate setting, patrons can enjoy seven signature cocktails under a mirrored ceiling, surrounded by lithographs by Chagall. Gustav Klimt graces the restaurant’s walls, described as a “transatlantic brasserie” celebrating French and American cuisine, from lobster rolls to pâté en croûte. A left-bank Parisian spot for those who travel with style – a secret world where vintage meets art, offering a French/American brasserie experience with a twist.
L’HÔTEL DE MONTESQUIEU: A JOURNEY OF INTIMATE RENAISSANCE WITH ORIENTAL NUANCES
In the proximity of the bustling Champs-Élysées and the elegant alleys of Parc Monceau, a lavish rebirth awaits at L’Hôtel de Montesquieu. Bid adieu to the well-known yet gently weathered Hôtel Daniel in the 8th arrondissement and extend a warm welcome to the revived L’Hôtel de Montesquieu, emerging after a year-long transformation under the expertise of Suzanne Bontemps, already celebrated for her ownership of Charles V Hotel in Le Marais area.
With just 15 suites and 3 rooms, this new boutique hotel, situated near Champs-Élysées, embraces an ambiance inspired by the Silk Road. The interiors narrate a tale of rejuvenation, where furnishings from the former hotel find a second life alongside carefully curated pieces. A bust of Montesquieu, reminiscent of his “Lettres Persanes,” greets guests in the Orient-hued lobby, adorned in deep red reminiscent of Beijing’s Forbidden City.
Contemporary elements intertwine with Eastern influences in the suites, revealing a meticulous touch by interior architect Eliott Barnes. Far-Eastern ceramics, canopied beds, and exquisite wall textures coalesce with the modern, creating a seamless blend of timeless elegance. No restaurant on-site, but room service beckons from nearby culinary havens, ensuring a seasonal culinary delight.
LE DOMAINE DE LA REINE MARGOT: A 5-STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ISSY-LES-MOULINEAUX
A jewel in the MGallery collection, Le Domaine de la Reine Margot unveils a 17th-century historical building transformed into a 5-star hotel & spa by the visionary Jean-Michel Wilmotte. Poised on a hill near the heart of Issy-les-Moulineaux, this domain embarked on a transformative journey. With 83 rooms and a spa overlooking perfectly restored gardens, the hotel encapsulates a sense of monastic elegance, blending contemporary design with historical resonance.
The historic Margot building houses carefully designed rooms, offering views of the chapel or patio, while the modern Sulpice building features a lobby with a library and panoramic views of Paris and the Eiffel Tower. The surprise lies in the neo-Gothic chapel and the hidden rum bar, offering a serene and unique experience. With a spa, heated pool, hammam, and fitness center, Le Domaine de la Reine Margot promises a harmonious blend of history, luxury, and tranquility.